Love is a battlefield, and 2012 was not immune the heart’s harsh ways. Celebrity relationships had a tough go at things this year and saw a record number of sad splits (Amy Poehler and Will Arnett), shocking divorces (Heidi Klum and Seal) and close-call almost breakups (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson). But 2012 also saw a few reconciliations (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez), giving us hope for 2013. Browse through our gallery of the 20 biggest breakups of 2012 and tell us which split was the most devastating to watch.
Honestly, we feel like we’re seeing this kind of thing among celebrities more often than not: Just days after shocking (or not) the world with news of their breakup, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have reportedly maybe possibly reunited. According to TMZ, Justin picked Selena up at LAX on Wednesday night (in a chauffeured car, not his ticketed Ferrari) and took her home, where he spent the night. The next day, they were driven to the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, where they entered separately, supposedly in the hopes of not being photographed together.
There are a few possible explanations for this scenario: 1) They really and truly have reunited. 2) They moved on to the “just friends” stage in record time. 3) They never broke up in the first place, just in a bit of lovers’ spat. 4) They broke up, but are considering a reunion, and understandably don’t want the world all up in their business while they make this difficult decision. In which case, sorry, guys!
But yeah, this reminds us of a whole lot of other couples that split and got back together recently: Katy Perry and John Mayer, Vanessa and Kobe Bryant, (maybe) Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Great news for vicarious romantics everywhere!
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Our heads are still swimming from the news that America’s First Couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have split, but when rumors that he had a fling with Victoria’s Secret Angel Barbara Palvin started to surface, it was enough to break our ever-Beliebing heart. The pair hung out last week when Biebs was performing at the VS’s annual fashion show in NYC. Like any 18-year-old rock star, he posed it up with the models, including the 19-year-old Palvin. She tweeted pictures of them together, and they reportedly went to see Lion King on Broadway the next night.
This apparently rubbed Selena the wrong way, who re-tweeted a photo of Justin with Barbara on the day their split was announced, simply captioning it “…” So much Twitter drama, you guys! The post has since been deleted, but fans are furious and accusing Barbara of luring the Biebs away. “Hey everyone. please calm down. he is all yours!! please ” Palvin wrote on twitter when faced with all of the Belieber hate. “Last time I’m saying it. please calm down.there is nothing going on w him.i met him and did a pic w him. wouldn’t u do the same?:) #friendship.” We’re just hoping all of this breakup madness is just another stolen laptop-style hoax. Check out 15 photos of Bieber’s alleged “other woman” in the gallery below!
Were we completely shocked by Friday’s stories of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez breaking up? No. Were we feeling melancholy about the whole thing? A little. So, are rumors of their quick reunion lifting our spirits on this Monday morning? Of course! Nothing is coming from a super-reliable source, mind you, but we will grasp at the rumors that following a breakup that supposedly happened over a week ago, these two pop cuties may be working things out. Here’s everything we’ve heard so far:
- Justin’s in NYC for a show tonight, and Selena was in the suburbs to promote her Kmart line over the weekend, so according to the Daily Mail, the two have “tentative plans” to meet up tonight.
- On Saturday night, Justin made the link to that other destroyed pop supercouple, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, that all of us were afraid to mention. He sang “Cry Me a River,” JT’s breakup ode to Brit, in concert in Boston. His heartfelt delivery makes it seem like he’s not exactly happy with whatever is going on in his love life.
We are both shocked and not shocked about the bombshell: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are no longer the cutest couple on the planet, sources told E! News. They apparently broke up a week ago, but they took a page from political publicists and dumped this news on a Friday night. While on the one hand, we’re sad these two kids couldn’t work things out, on the other, can anyone be surprised that two such young kids weren’t ready to settle down forever? They’re at the peaks of their careers and looks. Besides that, E!’s source echoes the rumors we’ve been hearing about these two for months: “Because of their crazy schedules, it was getting harder and harder to maintain a relationship,” this mysterious insider said.
The pair had been together, publicly at least, since February 2011 — that’s an eternity in young celebrity time. Especially given the pressures of Bieber’s fans, both the ones on Twitter and the crazies like Mariah Yeater, who claimed Biebs was her baby daddy last year. But mostly, they had a lot of too-cute-for-words moments in front of the cameras. In memoriam of their relationship, here are 20 photos of Justin and Selena.
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We all knew Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson would be bombarded with questions about cheating and/or their relationship during the lead-up to next week’s Breaking Dawn Part 2. We just didn’t figure Taylor Lautner would have to field queries about them, too. (He’s the third member of their love triangle in the movies, not real life, people!) Obviously Taylor’s publicist anticipated he’d be grilled about “The Rupert Sanders Incident,” because this kid is ducking and weaving like a pro. “To be honest, I’ve never been involved in any of those situations, so I don’t know,” Taylor told Cosmo when asked about cheating. “It would be just a guess and a shot in the dark, and I don’t want to give that if I haven’t even been there myself.” Can anyone even summarize what he meant by that sentence? No? Haha, well done Taylor!
We all knew this day would come…and we can’t wait to hear the song about it! Us Weekly reports that Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy have ended their relationship of roughly three months, probably because Conor’s math tutoring lessons were getting in the way. Cause he’s a baby! “They quietly parted ways a while ago,” their source claims. “No hard feelings.” Now, Tay Tay has already tagged the liner notes for her new (tragically hopeful) Red song “Begin Again” with the phrase “Hannis Port” (referencing the Kennedys’ home base, as well as the location of her new home), but obviously there are other relationship specifics Taylor is bound to drop in upcoming albums that we can use identify which songs are about Conor. Because you know some of them will be. Or all of them. The girl bought a house in near Conor’s memaw, people! So if we ever seen any of these references, we know which romance inspired Taylor’s songwriting.
Earlier this week, we reported that Scarlett Johansson split with boyfriend Nate Naylor A.K.A., that guy who isn’t Ryan Reynolds. But according to Nate’s father, the pair are still very together and very much in love. Or no one’s broken the bad news to him yet. Either/or. “Everything is fine right now,” Gary Naylor told our friends over at Celebuzz. In fact, he wasn’t even aware that rumors were flying that ScarJo had broken up with his son. Uh-oh, hopefully we didn’t just spill the beans. “She’s adorable and a very nice person… a sweetheart,” he gushes. Gary claims that the happy couple recently visited their family home in Arizona.
This isn’t the first time time Scarlett had reportedly ditched her ad-exec boyfriend. In July sources reported that she was having a fling with her body guard, and in June we were dupted into thinking that she and fellow movie star Bradley Cooper were more than friends. “Three or four months ago, reports said she was dating someone else and we couldn’t believe it,” Gary continued.”Everything is fine right now from when I talked to Nathan. And that was recent.” While he’s not totally certain that the couple will be together forever, Mr. Naylor believes that things between Scarlett and his son are coming together nicely. “That’s up to Nate. It’s his life, he is a grown man, but they’re having a great time.”
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It’s official: Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran are dunzo. We know, we know; we really thought that they’d last forever! But according to Chris himself, the split occurred over his increasingly close friendship with Rihanna. Relations between the infamous ex’s have started to heat up exponentially in recent days with rumors of sex in club bathrooms, hotel rendezvous, and Jay-Z concert dates, and it seems like Karrueche has been caught in the crossfire. She tweeted a series of sarcastic and bitter tweets yesterday as Brown essentially ditched her and hit the town with Riri, culminating with a simple but telling “Bye baby.”
“I love Karrueche very much but I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna,” Brown told Us Weekly. “I’d rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives.” Allegations that Chris and Rihanna were hooking up secretly have been present pretty much since the start of his relationship with Karreuche back in February. The ladies made no effort to hide the fact that they aren’t too fond of one another, even throwing barbs at each other on Twitter.
Of course both members of our favorite (currently separating) celebrity couple are on successful sitcoms this fall. Of course they are. As a result, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are everywhere this month, and we feel like we’re trapped in a glass cage of emotion! Take Amy’s ridiculous sweet anecdotes about her little Cheeto babies Archie and Abel for example. “They play like bear cubs. All day long, they roll around,” the Parks & Rec star laughed on Ellen today, adding “They go to the same school and when they say goodbye to each other, it’s like they’re both getting on ships to the new country. They hold hands and kiss each other and say goodbye. It’s so cute.” Gotta…keep it…together. Don’t…cry…over…famous family…you…don’t even…know. Picture…the…Obamas.
Then, just when we think we’ve crammed our inappropriate ball of sadness back down our throats, we stumbled upon the new Up All Night promo featuring Arnett and Christina Applegate: